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New features for partnersites, new login methods and more…

Last week we released another new version of As always, we have some cool new features for you:

New features for partner websites.
We think of our communities as networks of websites and people, that share a unifiying topic or passion for something.
Today’s release strengthens the role of the partner websites of a community. Partner websites can now share their content with community via RSS.
Website owners can now register their site with a community and add an RSS feed.
The posts from this feed will then show up on the community page and in all the content and livecommunity widgets on all other participating partnersites of this community.
Neat, huh?
If you are interested in creating a bigger network of websites around a certain topic, please contact Philipp (

New Login process

We believe in open standards. From today it is easier than ever before to sign in to using OpenID (Yiid, Google, Yahoo or any other OpenID Provider) and OAuth (Twitter).
If you plan to use one of these login methods for an exisiting account, you can do this in your profile settings. We are working hard to enable more cool things like this in cooperation with Yiid (e.g. a neat thing called „portable contacts“). We are really glad people seem to like it :  Reactions on twitter by tfoemrtopf, weyandch


Enhanced spam protection
We added a spam report button to content pages and introduced a user friendly email verification process (hopefully you like it too). If users want to use some functions that proved to be attractive for spammers before, (posting on people’s walls or writing messages), you now need a verified email address.



Open Social und die große Sehnsucht nach Social Network Portability

Open Social ist seit letzter Woche in aller Munde. Google und seine Partner der ersten Stunde (u.a. Xing und MySpace) haben das Thema geschickt platziert und einen enormen Buzz erzeugt. Dass das Thema auch auf dem Barcamp Berlin eingeschlagen war, spürte man in verschiedenen Sessions am Samstag. Etwa einhundert Teilnehmer zeigten, dass open social mit mehr Wünschen versehen ist, als es eigentlich (zumindest in der aktuellen Version) bieten kann. Sowohl die Session zu OpenID von Lukas Rosenstock und die Session zu Open Social von Christian Scholz und David Recordon von six apart zeigten, dass noch viel Aufklärungsarbeit zu leisten ist, bis die Idee hinter Open Social verstanden wird.
Deshalb wollen wir hier in aller Kürze noch einmal zeigen was hinter Open Social steckt und was nicht – und welche Auswirkungen Open Social auf die großen und kleinen Netzwerke hat.

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